After spending two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Sheldon Richardson was cut by the organization back in April. While it was rumored that the Browns were willing to bring him back for less money, Richardson chose to return to the Minnesota Vikings on a one-year, $3.6 million deal.
Considering the Browns played in the divisional playoffs while the Vikings missed the playoffs last season, some people were wondering why the 30-year-old defensive tackle chose to sign with Minnesota over Cleveland.
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According to ProFootballTalk, Richardson chose to rejoin the Vikings because the Browns cut him in the first place. It probably isn't the best feeling in the world for a player to be told they aren't worth their current contract, so you can't blame the veteran for wanting to sign with an organization that clearly likes him.
Richardson also has a good relationship with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer after having played under him in 2018. The former Pro-Bowler finished that campaign with 49 total tackles and 4.5 sacks. While a lot has changed since then, a lot has also stayed the same. Richardson continues to be consistent, having only missed two games in the last five seasons and none in the most recent three.
He's also coming off of a campaign that saw him tally 64 total tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
The Vikings' odds to qualify for the 2021 playoffs currently sit at +128, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Meanwhile, their Super Bowl 56 odds are set to +4000 (18th). Regardless of how you look at it, Richardson and the rest of the Vikings' defense has some work to do if they want to get the organization back into the playoffs next season.
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